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Actress Cast To Play Iconic ‘Psycho’ Star

March 2, 2012 by staff 

Actress Cast To Play Iconic ‘Psycho’ Star, SCARLETT JOHANSSON is to play Janet Leigh – the actress whose terrifying shower scene in Psycho became one of the most iconic in film history – in a new movie about the making of the Hitchcck classic.

Alfred Hitchcck and the Making of Psycho will star Anthony Hopkins as the famous London-born director and Helen Mirren as his wife Alma Reville. The behind-the-scenes drama is directed by Sacha Gervasi, journalist and director of the documentary Anvil! The Story of Anvil.

Johansson’s role as Leigh, who played Marion Crane, the doomed heroine of Hitchcck’s 1960 horror, has been compared to Michelle Williams’s role as Marilyn Monroe in /My Week with Marilyn/. Variety magazine predicts it could win Johannson Golden Globe and Oscar award nominations akin to those attained by Williams this year.

/Psycho/ was made by Hitchcck in 1959 on a low budget of £806,000 after Paramount refused to give him the budget he wanted. The famous shower scene took a week to shoot, with Hitchcck fitting 78 separate pieces of film into a 45-second episode.

Leigh, who died three years ago at the age of 77, told the Associated Press in 2001 that after watching the scene she took baths rather than showers for the rest of her life. She said: “That staccato music and the knife flashing. You’d swear it’s going into the body. I still don’t take showers, and that’s the truth.”

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